Brewed by Charles Wells (Marston's)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bedford, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 1177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Bottle: Filtered
Previously 4.7% then 5.2%, now back to 4.7
Also known as Bombardier Celebration Ale, and Bombardier English Premium Bitter.
Ingredients: Water from Charles Wells well; Pale Malt; Crushed Crystal Malt; Challenger and Goldings hops.
"Bombardier is the definitive English Bitter, perfectly balanced with a dry personality."

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ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - OCT 14, 2007
On draft, perhaps served too cold, @ BSP. Faint whiff of chewy malts, slight grassy hop aroma, a little thin on the palate, taste more like a simple bitter to me.

kegoguinness (46) - Dodge City, Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Cool label! Oh, and the beer----it’s nothing to airmail back home about. This is nicely hopped and, true to the label’s proclamations, is fairly dry. This is a nice, sit-and-read Maxim and sip on a beer kinda brew. There is nothing distinctive about this beer--like trying to describe that one Emperor penguin that goosed you out of the thousand huddled against the antarctic cold.

sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2007
Can, IBS, Perth Loveley fresh grassy/leafy aromas, crsip bitter edge to a nice round caramelised malt background, with a hint of vegetative spiciness. A welcome surprise

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle. Very pretty dark amber body with a thick foamy head. Nose-dusty, musty, stale hops. Taste-semi-sweet, cherry, medium CO2, light alcohol, cloying, lots of fruity esters. Very drinkable.

freekyp (2470) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Part of an English Bitter tasting in Ocean NJ on 10/06/2007. Nice looking beer pouring a clear dark amber with a finger and half of sticky head. Aroma is buttery with nutty woody tones. Nice toffee malt character with a stinging earthy hop finish.

MagooinPA (101) - Rotonda Lakes, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2007
pours nice dark amber with a fluffy head that disappears fast but laces nice the whole way down. Nice nose of UK hops and crystal malt. Smooth and quite malty with hops all around, beginning to end.Nice bitter but not as good as Fullers. A "Well" balanced beer that I’d buy again (If Vadallia didn’t have Fullers).

redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Pours a nice amber color with a short white head that sticks to the side as the beer is drunk. Aroma of yeast and fruit. Nice, fruity taste that finishes well. Overall, a great beer. When I was in England I saw it on tap... wish I had tried it. 1 pint, 3.25 oz. bottle.

ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with a finely bubbled, ivory-colored head. Smell: Perfumy aroma of caramel, citrus, bittering herbs, and yeast. Taste: Subtle malt flavor of caramel with a pinch of chocolate. Vaguely fruity. Lightly sweet. Bitter herbaceousness. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability: Fair enough. A decent, if not standard English bitter.

BelgianBeerGal (4258) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2007
50cl bottle. Slightly hazy amber color with a white head. Aroma was slightly earthy/dusty. Slightly above average but weak bitterness. nice short finish though.

PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Tap at The Diamond: Pours a deep amber with a brown hue and a thin tan head. The aroma lacks hop, making it mainly chocolaty and lightly nutty. Mild carbonation on the palate. The flavor has a hint of nuttiness & some light toasty crystal malt. Not enough bitterness, especially for the style. Simple, session-able.

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